In all the complaints that our Lathimen receive, theft cases are always given priority. Cases like the hijacking of ATM cash van, bank theft, house robbery, burglary are some of the theft cases which they always look out for. It’s a jackpot for them. Working on other types of cases would get them appreciation from their seniors, sometimes promotion, good posting and at the same time justice to the complainee. Whereas in theft cases they get something more.

Once the accused is caught with the stolen cash and jewellery, some part of it simply gets disappeared. This disappeared stuff goes nowhere but in the pocket of the Lathimen, which is divided and distributed to the associates working on the case, and the full chain of seniors up to the top. The recovery report of the stolen amount or number of items is under-reported. This means blaming the accused, that he must have hidden the money somewhere or passed it off to someone else, or spent the money on something, for which “THEY ARE INVESTIGATING”.

Though this is not that easy, they have the art of filing the report, they know exactly how to frame everything. It’s all about details. Loose cases can be made watertight, and strong cases can also be diluted. Again it depends on who is writing the report and for what. The situation of the complainee is so desperate that he/she doesn’t look at those 20% or 30% money missing in the recovery. The atmosphere is such that instead of doubting or pointing a finger, he/she is compelled to appreciate and thank the Lathimen for recovering the money. It is only after a few months they regret that they should have gone to court or filed a complaint.

Complaint against whom, the Lathimen? And whom will you approach to file your complaint? Lathimen? Most importantly how will you prove it in court? Will you be able to handle fake allegations and harassment by the Lathimen? So, in the end, a common man thinks, “Why to take a punga“. Let’s be happy for whatever I have got back. He thanks God and moves on.